Victorian Institute of Sport


The VIS rowing program operates in conjunction with the Rowing Australia national program to provide world class coaching opportunities, training and competition, facilities and support services to improve athlete development throughout the high performance pathway.

Historically the VIS rowing program has been a dominant force in the Australian rowing landscape, with sustained success in national and international competition and a large representation on the national squad at benchmark events.

The 2015/16 domestic and international campaigns saw continued success with our athletes performing well at FISA World Cup events, the 2015 World Championships and the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

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Women's Four hit Gold

Sunday, 18 June 2017

VIS rowers, Kat Werry and Lucy Stephan, have claimed gold in the Australian Women’s Four at World Cup 2 in Poland over the weekend.

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VIC Women's Eight retain Queen's Cup

Monday, 03 April 2017

The Victorian women’s eight retained the Queen’s Cup after a thrilling race against the New South Wales side at the Sydney International Rowing Regatta on the weekend.

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Rowers swelter at NSW Champs

Monday, 13 February 2017

VIS rowers have produced encouraging performances at the NSW Rowing State Championships in scorching Sydney over the weekend.

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Men's four take silver

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Australia's rowers have fallen just short of gold in the men's four on day seven,

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Silver for quad sculls

Friday, 12 August 2016

Australia has won a silver medal in the men's quadruple sculls on day six of the Rio Games.

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Quad sculls bow out

Tuesday, 09 August 2016

The rowing competition resumed on Monday after an unscheduled day off due to wind and rough water in Brazil.

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Women's eight handed Rio berth

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Rowing's international governing body FISA has announced that 22 of 28 Russian rowers have been banned from competing in the Rio 2016, meaning Australia Women's Eight is now heading to the Games.

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Five rowers named in Olympic team

Friday, 08 July 2016

Five VIS athletes have been named in the rowing section of the Olympic Team for Rio.

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Rowers ready for Rio

Sunday, 19 June 2016

The Australian Rowing Team ended the World Rowing Cup season with five medals at World Rowing Cup 3 in Poznan, Poland.

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Rowers claim podium finishes in Lucerne

Monday, 30 May 2016

VIS rowers have claimed two medals at World Rowing Cup 2 in Lucerne as they continued their build-up to the Rio Olympics.

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2015 FISA World Championships - Lake Aiguebelette, France

Josh Dunkley-Smith & Will Lockwood – 2nd Men’s Coxless Four

David Crawshay & Karsten Forsterling – 2nd Men’s Quad Scull

Jennifer Cleary  – 5th Women’s Quad Scull


2016 FISA World Cup II - Lucerne, Switzlerland

Karsten Forsterling – 1st Men’s Quad Scull

Joshua Booth, Joshua Dunkley-Smith & Will Lockwood – 2nd Men’s Coxless Four

Jennifer Cleary – 5th Women’s Quad Scull


2016 Rio Olympic Games

       Joshua Booth, Joshua Dunkley-Smith & Will Lockwood – Men’s Coxless Four - Silver

       Karsten Forsterling – Men’s Quad Scull - Silver

       Jennifer Cleary – Women’s Quad Scull

Bill Tait

Head Coach

Christian Ryan

Senior Rowing Coach

Other Rowing athletes